20 April 2014
Rugby returned to the College Oval for the first time in 2014 with HAC hosting Kings Old Boys for round 2 of the Suburban Rugby Season.
After a poor start to the season against Epping, First Grade were keen to get to get their 2014 campaign back on track. The HAC forward pack demonstrated much more aggression at the breakdown and strong defence set the platform for the backline to attack out wide. This forward dominance gave Mitchell Gibbs the opportunity to inject himself into the line from Full Back finishing the day with a Hat Trick. The highlight of the game was seeing Cannonball breaking free from the ruck and running 22 metres to score in the corner. The dominance displayed by HAC allowed the team to run in 8 tries with the final score being HAC 46 defeated Kings Old Boys 5.
Second Grade again demonstrated that they will be a strong team in 2014 putting in another gritty performance in a low scoring game. The boys showed some fantastic defence as the two forward packs ground the match out around the edges of the ruck. A Brendan Morrison try had given HAC the lead with the boys being up by 2 points with 15 minutes remaining. With Kings applying strong pressure to the HAC try line Taylor Corbett made a try saving tackle that saw him left on the ground with a possible spinal injury. This saw the remainder of the match cancelled as we waited for an ambulance. Thankfully it turned out that Taylor was fine and after being checked out at the hospital was able to return home that night. However the injury shortened game did end with a final score of HAC 7 defeated Kings Old Boys 5.
Third Grade continued their enthusiastic start to the season again putting their bodies on the line as they met Kings with strong defence and strong rucking. Some strong forward play had HAC leading by 2 points with 20 minutes remaining. However some poor discipline resulted in two players in the Sin Bin and HAC playing for 10 minutes with 13 players. This gave Kings the opportunity to take back the lead and hold on to the end of the match. The finals score was Kings Old Boys 15 defeated HAC 7.
The Old Boys again demonstrated that they are keen to get every day off to a good start putting in a strong performance in a very close contest. The day started well for HAC with the Old Boys demonstrating strong defence and rucking. The strong forward play gave the backs opportunity to attack out wide with both the HAC tries being scored in the back line. However at the end of the day the close contest did not allow either side to take advantage with the match finishing in a draw. Final score HAC 14 drawn Kings Old Boys 14.
The club will now have 2 weekends off with the Round 3 of the season being held at the College Oval on Saturday 3rd May 2014. This will see HAC take on Briar with 4th Grade kicking off at 12.00pm and 1st Grade kicking off at 3.15pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and cheer on the Hawkesbury's oldest football team
The 2014 Suburban Rugby season has kicked off for HAC Rugby taking on the Epping Rams at Epping.
The club has arranged a discount membership at Plus Fitness 24/7 Gym at McGraths Hill.
The Club is holding a Registration Day from 12 - 3pm Sunday 9th February 2014 at RG McGee's. This will be an opportunity for both returning and new players to meet the Committee and Coaches for 2014. The Committee and Coaches will be discussing the plans for the year ahead. This will also be our first social event for the year so make sure that you come along for lunch and a water as we get ready for the year ahead. For any enquiries contact John Mullinger on 0412 223 444